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H.R. 995 - 21st Century Respect Act

Introduced: 2017-11-29
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 513.
 

21st Century Respect Act

(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to change the terminology used to describe the racial background or place of origin of people in regulations concerning: (1) USDA programs for financing and insuring loans for properties in rural areas, and (2) the 1974 development plan for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

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Calendar No. 513

115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 995

[Report No. 115–300]


    To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to modernize terms in certain regulations.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 29, 2017

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

July 12, 2018

    Reported by Ms. Murkowski, with amendments and an amendment to the title

[Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic]


AN ACT

    To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to modernize terms in certain regulations.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “21st Century Respect Act”.

SEC. 2. Amendments to regulations required.

(a) Secretary of Agriculture.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall amend section 1901.202 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of—

(1) replacing the reference to the term “Negro or Black” with “Black or African American”;

(2) replacing the reference to the term “Spanish Surname” with “Hispanic”; and

(3) replacing the reference to the term “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander”.

(b) Secretary of the Interior.—The Secretary of the Interior shall amend section 906.2 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of—

(b) Administrator of General Services .—The Administrator of General Services shall amend section 906.2 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of

(1) replacing the references to the term “Negro” with “Black or African American”;

(2) replacing the definition of “Negro” with the definition of “Black or African American” as “a person an individual having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa”;

(3) replacing the references to the term “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander”; and

(4) replacing the references to the terms “Eskimo” and “Aleut” with “Alaska Native”.

SEC. 3. Rule of construction.

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments required by this Act, shall be construed to affect Federal law, except with respect to the use of terms by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior Administrator of General Services , respectively, to the regulations affected by this Act.

Amend the title so as to read: “An Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of General Services to modernize terms in certain regulations.”.


Calendar No. 513

115th CONGRESS
     2d Session
H. R. 995
[Report No. 115–300]

AN ACT
    To direct the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to modernize terms in certain regulations.

July 12, 2018
    Reported with amendments and an amendment to the title

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